The Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) is the peak body for the specialist alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector in Western Australia, encompassing education, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support services. Serving the alcohol and other drug sector since 1984, WANADA is a proudly independent not-for-profit organisation. WANADA advocates for a human services sector that significantly improves the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities by addressing alcohol and other drug issues.
How do we move an on-premise server to a new serviced office location on a 3rd party corporate (and heavily restricted) network?
WANADA’s ICT consisted of an on-premise Microsoft server running a single Windows workload. In 2015, Epic IT were contracted to help WANADA facilitate this move and to provide ongoing managed support services post relocation. WANADA was set to move into a state-of-the-art serviced office space shared with two State Government agencies and other not for profits. While the beautiful Perth based offices of Nash Street were furnished with the latest tech, there were some challenges facing WANADA in moving an existing on-premise server system into a large serviced environment. Epic IT were happy to help.
Epic IT recommended and coordinated a transition of WANADA’s existing on premise server to sit alongside its pre-existing email system all within the cloud.
Epic IT were to complete the final piece of WANADA’s cloud puzzle by moving their on-premise server to Microsoft Azure cloud. Moving a foreign system into a larger network will always present challenges not to mention the red tape associated with government networks. Reducing complexity reduces challenges. In consolidating the current system around Microsoft Azure infrastructure, Epic IT were able to simplify WANADA’s core system and make it more portable and adaptable. In late 2015, Epic IT executed the transition to cloud. When Microsoft Philanthropies became available late 2017, Epic IT helped qualify and upgrade WANADA’s cloud system leveraging these benefits.
WANADA continues to leverage Microsoft Azure and Office 365 and run seamlessly off the State Government network.
WANADA’s move was seamless and their team quickly found themselves in a settled, highly productive environment due to the earlier cloud transition. While neighbouring organisations facing the same move had a considerable amount of disruptions, WANADA was business as usual not long after the relocation and Epic IT are still managing their ICT to this day.
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